Linguistics / Undergraduate Study

Applied Linguistics BA

The Applied Linguistics major investigates linguistic issues relevant to the everyday world, shedding light on the nature of language and language use. Students will learn linguistic theory, the study of the structure of human language generally. With its focus on service learning, students will also learn linguistic practice, engaging in the community, schools, and work places of our geographic setting. Successful graduates will be well acquainted with language use from a variety of perspectives and experiences, and will be able to apply this knowledge to a wide variety of practices including language teaching, speech pathology, and translation and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes

The Applied Linguistics major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Ability to apply critical thinking skills through linguistic data analysis in phonetics, phonology, syntax, and at least one other subfield
  • Understanding of advanced theoretical concepts and/or analytical techniques in at least one subfield
  • Ability to write technical material in linguistics, including language description and theory-based analysis
  • Ability to access scholarly literature on language structure and use it in research

Preparation for the Major

Required: Anthropology 4 or Psychology 10, Linguistics 11, 20, and completion of the equivalent of the sixth term of one foreign language.

Students who complete an advanced upper-division language course are considered to have completed the equivalent of whatever courses are requisite to that advanced language course (e.g., if students complete German 152, they have automatically satisfied the requirement of the sixth term of work in German).

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Applied Linguistics major with 90 or more units must complete the following introductory courses prior to admission to UCLA: two years of one foreign language, one introduction to linguistics course, one introduction to psychology course, and one introduction to linguistic anthropology course.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required: Ten upper-division courses as follows: Linguistics 102 (or 103), 119A (or 120A), 119B (or 120B), 120C, 130 or C140, two courses selected from Linguistics 104, M141, 144, M146, 170, 191B, two upper-division elective courses taught in the Linguistics Department, and five courses selected from Anthropology 151, M152P, 152Q, 152R, 153, 154P, 154Q, M156, M157W, 159, Applied Linguistics 102W, 153, Arabic 180, 181, Armenian 110, Chicana and Chicano Studies 164SL, M167SL, M170SL, Communication 119, M125, M144A, French 105, German 140, Hebrew 180A, 180B, Iranian 131, Linguistics 114, M116, M146, M176A, M176B, M177, M178, Portuguese 100A, 100B, Slavic CM114, Spanish 100A, 100B, 160.

Only one course may be selected from Anthropology 149A through 149F. No more than one service learning course may be applied. Only one language course beyond the second year may fulfill an elective requirement (e.g., Korean 100A can fulfill an elective requirement, but not Korean 100B or 100C). No more than one course from Linguistics 197, 198A, and 199 may be applied toward the major.